Research team

Sara Pereira (Principal Investigator)

Associate Professor at the Communication Sciences Department of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho and researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS). Doctorate in Children Studies, has developed an investigation about media education, television for kids and how they relate with media.

Helena Sousa (Investigator)

Helena Sousa is a Full Professor of the Communication Sciences Department and member of steering committee of the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) of the University of Minho. Formerly a journalist, she started to lecture at the City University, in London. Now she lectures at the University of Minho where has occupied the positions of Director of the Communication Sciences Degree, Director of the Communication Sciences Department, President of the Social Sciences Degree Council and Vice-President of the Institute of Social Sciences. At the moment Helena Sousa is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Communication, President of the Political Economy Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and a Full Member of the EuroMedia Research Group.

Luís Pereira (PhD in Communication Sciences)

Doctorate in Communication Sciences, area of expertise Media Education, by the University of Minho. After developing a study about young people and videogames, in his master degree, he now focus on digital literacy and its relation with educational politics.

Ana Melro (Junior Research Fellow)

Holds a master degree in Communication Sciences in the area of Information and Journalism, in the University of Minho. She works as a research assistant in the project “Navigating with ‘Magalhães’: study on the impact of new media in school children”, where she did her curricular internship. Under the Stage she produced her master’s thesis on the content analysis of the press about the Magellan computer.

Andreia Lobo (Junior Research Fellow)

Freelancer journalist, writes essentially about subjects related to education, society and culture, since 2001. Currently she works for the informational website about education, EDUCARE.PT, and for the educational magazine A PÁGINA. Degreed in Social Communication, in Journalism, by the University of Minho (2001), she is now attending to the first year of her Master’s degree in Communication, Citizenship and Education, at the same university.


José Manuel Pérez Tornero (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

Professor of Communication Sciences at the Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona and director of the Centro de Educación y Comunicación de la Universidad de Barcelona. Pérez Tornero has dedicated his research to media literacy and the impact of technologies of communication in society and its relation with culture, education and citizenship. Among the published books, includes “El Desafio Educativo de la Televisión” (1994) and “Comunicación y educación en la Sociedad de la Información” (2000).

Evelyne Bevort (Centre for Liaison Between Teaching and Information Media)

Deputy director of the Centre de Liaison de l’Enseignement et des Médias d’Information (CLEMI) and expert in Media Education for the European Comission and UNESCO. Her research has been focusing on the study of the relationship between youth and the media in France.

Manuel Pinto (Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade)

Full Professor of Communication Sciences and director of the  Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) of the University of Minho, has conducted his investigation in Jornalism studies, Media Education and Educational Politics. Recently he was coordinator of a study, supported by the ERC, about “Media Education in Portugal: Experiences, Actors and Contexts” (2011).